3D Print Cup: Painting Part 2 and Finishing

With the competition coming to a close tomorrow my model is finished and ready for the closing night. Although I won’t be able to attend the night myself the model has been finished and it is on it’s way there now.

I finished it using just 4 pots of model paint and found it was great to paint all the pieces individually before assembling it all together once dry. All of the paint laid well over the white base layer I put down and only needed one coat with some little bits touched up.

Say hello to (the finished) Brian Freeze!

The assembly all went well and all the parts slotted together really well. It’s been a great first experience of 3D printing and has been loads of fun to get hands on for the first time since Uni really. With longer I could have refined it more and more but it has been a great way to learn how to use these printers and it won’t be my last time either.

Now all that is left are the results. At first I was only bothered about getting a great quality free print but I would be lying if I said I didn’t really want that printer haha. Good luck everyone!

Take a look at the competition at and make sure you get involved next year! www.cartridgesave.co.uk/3dprintcup

3D Print Cup: Painting Part 1

After sanding everything back and using some modelling files to smooth out my model I have started to get it all painted up. I am using Enamel paints that are used in model painting. I have used a matte white as a primer on my whole model which I will sand back slightly so the coloured paint grips.

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The colour has started to be added and the character is starting to take shape. I’ve got plenty more layers to go yet but the colours seem to be holding well *touch wood*

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Take a look at the competition at and make sure you get involved next year! www.cartridgesave.co.uk/3dprintcup

3D Print Cup: Print

I have just received my print back and I’m now ready to get rid of all the support material and get cracking. IT all seems to have come out well. By testing it in the replicator footage as you design your character you can avoid any nasty surprises. There is a lot to do but It is going to look good when it has finished.

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Once I removed all the support material I was left with just my separate parts.After testing them all they all seem to work fine and fit together well.

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Right, now to sand everything back and get everything painted up!

Take a look at the competition at and make sure you get involved next year! www.cartridgesave.co.uk/3dprintcup

3D Print Cup: Design

This is the second year this competition has run in Manchester and this year I had to get involved. I heard about it from a friend of mine who had entered last year. I then went down to the launch event and found out that our senior artist Rob Millington was a judge. Ha small world.

This was something I wanted to enter last year but due to a couple of large jobs coming in to the studio I didn’t have the time. This year was different though. As there was more time to prepare and the fact I had done a load of designs the year before it was easier to put my idea together and get something modeled, ready to print.

Here is the first look of my first 3D printed character Brian Freeze:

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Depending how well this prints I am thinking of doing a series of different Lolly / Ice cream characters.

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My design is all sent off and ready to print. Now it’s just a waiting game to get it back and see how it comes out.

Take a look at the competition at and make sure you get involved next year! www.cartridgesave.co.uk/3dprintcup

Meet Fatlad! (Taken with instagram)

Meet Fatlad! (Taken with instagram)

My 2011 in photo’s!!! (Taken with instagram)

My 2011 in photo’s!!! (Taken with instagram)

Been published in @stock_college ‘Graduate’ talking about @neighbourhood & @textbookstudio (Taken with instagram)

Been published in @stock_college ‘Graduate’ talking about @neighbourhood & @textbookstudio (Taken with instagram)

Steve’s cheeky Christmas-Nexus preview! (Taken with instagram)

Steve’s cheeky Christmas-Nexus preview! (Taken with instagram)

I thought I would crack on with another this afternoon and maybe even start a little series! Haha who knows where it could go…

I thought I would crack on with another this afternoon and maybe even start a little series! Haha who knows where it could go…

Today in the studio I have had the day to explore, so I thought I would brush-up on my 3Ds Max, Photoshop and Illustrator skills… Hmmmmmm what next…

Today in the studio I have had the day to explore, so I thought I would brush-up on my 3Ds Max, Photoshop and Illustrator skills… Hmmmmmm what next…